Auckland Aces join domestic Twenty20 logjam
Auckland joined the log-jam at the top of the national Twenty20 table when they beat champions Otago by 74 runs at Eden Park tonight.
Auckland set what appeared to be at best, a competitive total of 167-6.
The Volts lost the heavyweight wickets of Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom and Ryan ten Doeschate in the first two overs of the chase and never recovered to be dismissed meekly for 93 inside 17 overs.
The result leaves Auckland, Otago, Northern Districts and Wellington tied on 16 points.
And it completed a remarkable turnaround from last week when Otago thrashed the Aces by eight wickets in Alexandra.
Jeet Raval with 40 off 40 balls was the mainstay of an Aces innings that lost a steady flow of wickets but kept runs ticking over.
Jono Sole gave him much-needed support at the end with 23 off 17 balls after handy earlier contributions from Gareth Hopkins (24 and Donovan Grobbelaar (23).
But it was a night for the bowlers on the drop-in wicket. James McMillan (2-26) and Ten Doeschate (2-20) were outstanding for the Volts.
Matthew Quinn produced a deadly opening spell for the Aces in combination with Michael Bates.
Quinn delivered a double-wicket opening over and there were two maidens in the opening three overs that had Otago reeling at 2-3.
When Aaron Redmond departed for 41 with the total at 61 in the 11th over, the Volts’ fate was sealed.
English imports James Fuller and Chris Nash shared five wickets between them.
Domestic T20, Eden Park, Auckland
C Nash c D de Boorder b J McMillan 13
A Kitchen c D de Boorder b J Duffy 15
G Hopkins c N Beard b R ten Doeschate 24
Craig Cachopa st D de Boorder b N Beard 2
J Raval not out 50
C de Grandhomme c M Bracewell b R ten Doeschate 3
D Grobbelaar c A Redmond b J McMillan 23
J Sole not out 24
Extras (b 4, lb 5, wd 4, nb 0) 13
Total (for 6 wickets, 20.0 overs) 167
Fall: 1-25 (A Kitchen, 2.4), 2-49 (C Nash, 5.3), 3-55 (G Hopkins, 6.2), 4-63 (Craig Cachopa, 7.3), 5-68 (C de Grandhomme, 8.3), 6-104 (D Grobbelaar, 13.5)
Bowling: N Wagner 4-0-40-0 (1w, J McMillan 4-0-26-2, J Duffy 4-0-34-1, R ten Doeschate 4-0-20-2, N Beard 4-0-38-1 (3w
N Broom c G Hopkins b M Quinn 1
H Rutherford c D Grobbelaar b M Quinn 0
A Redmond c J Raval b C de Grandhomme 41
R ten Doeschate lbw b M Bates 0
M Bracewell c G Hopkins b J Fuller 8
D de Boorder c C Nash b C de Grandhomme 29
S Wells b C Nash 7
N Wagner c M Bates b J Fuller 0
N Beard c M Bates b C Nash 1
J Duffy not out 1
J McMillan b J Fuller 1
Extras (lb 1, wd 3, nb 0) 4
Total (for 10 wickets, 16.1 overs) 93
Fall: 1-1 (H Rutherford, 0.3), 2-2 (N Broom, 0.5), 3-2 (R ten Doeschate, 1.3), 4-28 (M Bracewell, 5.6), 5-61 (A Redmond, 10.3), 6-78 (S Wells, 12.3), 7-79 (N Wagner, 13.2), 8-82 (N Beard, 14.4), 9-91 (D de Boorder, 15.4), 10-93 (J McMillan, 16.1)
Bowling: M Quinn 3-1-18-2 (1w, M Bates 2-1-3-1, J Fuller 3.1-0-20-3 (2w, C Nash 4-0-19-2, D Grobbelaar 2-0-14-0, C de Grandhomme 2-0-18-2
Auckland win by 74 runs